The Director General, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, yesterday, said the agency had rescued over 12,000 people, rehabilitated 6,000 victims and secured 325 convictions.
Okah-Donli stated this in Abuja during a courtesy call on Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
She said: “From inception, NAPTIP has rescued over 12,000 persons, rehabilitated over 6,000 victims and convicted 325 persons.
“Right now, we still have a number of cases in court; we still hope to have some number of convictions before the end of the year.”
The DG also called on the destination countries to prosecute and convict their nationals, who aid trafficking in Europe.
According to her, “the biggest challenge to me has been the refusal of the destination countries to prosecute their own gangs, not being able to confiscate the assets and freeze the accounts of the criminal gangs that are based in their countries.
“Most of the time we get the agents not the big traffickers. When you are talking about trafficking in Europe, the culprits are the nationals of the destination countries.
“Nigerians are just the agents; they just help get these girls for little stipend. It is the big traffickers who make the demand for these victims.”
Mrs Dabiri-Erewa, who commended the DG’s passion, which she said was about saving lives, stressed that her office was ready to partner with NAPTIP to succeed.
She said: “For me it will be a great delight to partner with you because we are dealing with a serious problem. We are dealing with victims not criminals because most of the victims were tricked into it.
“I look forward to working with you to address the situation, which is getting more worrisome, more dangerous and we need to save our youths from this.”